TGIF – Merry and Bright Christmas card

This recent color challenge over at TGIF was a head-scratcher for me. I always find purples difficult to work with and the bright pink…? Hmmm… how to use it and like it? LOL

Just saying the word ‘bright’ in my head led me to “Merry and Bright” and the idea for a cheerful non-traditional Christmas card. All those cardmaking videos for Christmas in July I’ve been watching must have inspired me!

non-traditional christmas card by Adriana at color challenge TGIF
Merry, Bright… and shiny!

The first step was to trim cardstock into thin strips. I didn’t measure so that I would end up with varying widths. Along with the colors in the challenge, I also cut a few from Silver Foil paper. I applied adhesive to piece of copy paper then applied the strips of paper in a random order. Once done, I trimmed the panel to size (3-3/4″ x 5-1/2″) and centered it on a A2 card front.

closeup of Christmas card, Adriana
closeup view

For the focal point, I pulled out scraps of white, vellum and holographic paper. The sentiment (Wrapped In Christmas by Stampin’ Up!) was stamped with Versamark then heat embossed with fine silver embossing powder. Once heat set, I cut it with a circle die then layered it over more die-cut circles. The one just behind it is the vellum then comes the holographic paper – you can really see the shimmery colors in these photos!

Finally, these layers were added over a strip of ribbon along with a few clear bubble gems. This one will need to go in a padded mailer or get hand-delivered but that’s ok 🙂 I really like how the unique color combination came together to create a cheerful greeting. Hope you like it, too!

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